The Force is strong in this one
Let’s start with the nerd stuff.
Even though “Star Wars: Episode VII” hasn’t finished maiming all of its big stars yet, let alone been released, Disney on Friday announced the director of “Episode VIII.”
The winner: Rian Johnson, director of “Looper” and “Brick.” After the news broke, Johnson tweeted a clip from “The Right Stuff,” in which Scott Glenn, as astronaut Alan Shepard, prays, “Dear lord, please don’t let me (expletive) up.”
Johnson also reportedly will be the writer on “Episode IX.”
Earlier this week, mouthpieces for the studio said Harrison Ford was starting physical rehab for the broken leg he suffered earlier this month while filming “Episode VII,” directed by J.J. Abrams. Ford stars alongside original trilogy stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker. It’s due December 2015.
Speaking of rehab....
Tracy Morgan, who suffered a broken leg and broken ribs in a car crash June 7, is taking the next step in his recovery.
“Tracy has been transferred to an undisclosed rehab center, where he is expected to remain for the next few weeks,” his rep told E! “While he is continuing to show signs of improvement, he still has a long way to go.”
The National Transportation Safety Board report on the crash states that Walmart driver Kevin Roper was driving 65 mph in a 45 mph zone just before the crash. He has pleaded not guilty to death by auto and assault by auto charges.
The collision killed comedian James McNair and seriously injured two others.
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The U.K.’s The Guardian newspaper isn’t taking Lana Del Rey’s accusation of wrongdoing lightly.
After the newspaper printed a story in which Del Rey was quoted as saying “I wish I was dead already. I don’t want to have to keep doing this, but I am,” the singer took to Twitter to refute it, sort of:
“I regret trusting the Guardian,” she wrote. “I didn’t want to do an interview but the journalist was persistent. … His leading questions about death and persona were calculated.”
The Guardian then posted a recording of the interview, in which writer Tim Jonze asks, “Is there a fantasy of dying young yourself that you could subscribe to?”
She answers with a laugh, “I wish I was dead already.”
So maybe that settles that?
Before airing a single episode, AMC has ordered a second season of the “Breaking Bad” spinoff “Better Call Saul.” Sadly, the cable network also has delayed the premiere until 2015.
You may have heard a “True Blood: The Musical” is in the works. It’s true, according to HitFix. In the meantime, the HBO vampire series starts its final season Sunday.
Universal Studios Florida has announced “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley” will open July 8.
Stargazing was compiled by David Frese, who is intrigued by the idea of “Stargazing: The Musical.” Get more celebrity goodness on Twitter: @kcstargazing